Phew. Some spare few moments! If you follow me on Instagram you’ll probably seen that I’ve lost my sewing space for the moment and everything is all over the house!
It’s slowly getting sorted but I’m taking the opportunity to get rid of the yucky yellow that was there when moved in to go white.
I’ve got so much to tell you.. including my long weekend away on the Simply Solids retreat but let’s save that for another day…
For now I’m trying to reclaim my sanity after a couple of manic grump filled days at work… some binding to finish, Hazel the Hedgehog and that priory square (I think I’m the last person in the world to have made something with it!) well it’s going to be turned into some thing hexie shaped and useful. Then if I get time some Farmer Wife blocks :)
Linking up with WIP Wednesday- what are your plans for the evening?
Posted by quirkyhannah on September 30, 2015
Normally I’m not a fan of sampler quilts but there is something about the Farmer’s Wife blocks that just grabs me and since I heard there was a 1930s out well that was it!
Anyone who is a regular reader will know I love to use (ok mostly hoard) 1930s reproduction fabric and this book is the perfect excuse to showcase some of them.
Especially since Kerry is hosting a year long quilt along with the aim of 2 blocks a week (manageable right?!). There’s guest bloggers and lots of tips/inspiration to help you on your way. All sorts will be covered including foundation piecing and english paper piecing. So how can anyone refuse?
The above links to Kerry’s intro post detailing guest bloggers and details and yes that is me there! How exciting I feel very privileged to be able to contribute a block or two over the next 12 months.
Don’t worry if you think you are missing out there is still time to grab the book and join in- officially the block posts starts on Monday 14th September with block 1 and 2. Some introductory posts are up though on fabric choices etc.
I might have started already…………. since my new sewing room layout it is much easier and fun to match fabrics. (Jessie over at Sew and Quilt has the perfect 30s solids and repro themed bundles) I think Maize might be my new favourite solid (the one used in the right hand block above).
I’m going to try and do the blocks in order… but some like the ones I’m blogging about I’m anxious to play with :)
So… are you all fired up to join in? If you are on Instagram waves I’m here :) don’t forget to check out the hashtag #fw1930sqal to see some of the action.
Posted by quirkyhannah on September 8, 2015
So… I think finally my sewing space is a bit more organised to show you…. You might have seen this on my Instagram feed but it’s taken me awhile (most of the bank holiday weekend) to sort my quilting cottons…… I ran out of cards and space. In fact I dragged Matthew to Argos early on the sunday morning just to get another bookcase. Stupidly I thought all of my quilt stuff would fit on one…. (let’s not mention the box full I have hidden)My cutting desk which I *try* to keep clear and inspirational :) The cross stitch was done by my amazing friend Donna of the characters from Firefly complete with quotes! I keep some of the magazines/books I’m working from on it complete with pens, notebook and my Paperchase planner.
Next where I sew! My little baby the Brother Innovis 350SE still settling in :) Next to her is a to do list, more pens, a slightly overworked turtle pincushion, lots of thread and most importantly a place for a cup of tea.
On my walls are lots of mini quilts, as well as a Jane Austen quote calendar (from Jen of Miss Bohemia) and a wall planner. Despite what you see I’m not the most organised person in the world… (unless you think organised chaos) but I’m trying! Hopefully I can sew a bit more regularly especially before work. I have so many ideas it’s starting to be a struggle converting them from my head…
Posted by quirkyhannah on September 6, 2015
Phew it’s been awhile again since I’ve been around these parts! Things have been a bit busy and a lot of bad news recently but slowly keeping on sewing!
Last month I’ve finished and sent my handpieced mini (yay a tick off the FAL Q3 list :) ) still waiting for it to be received..
And this is what I received isn’t it lovely?! Gorgeous colours, shapes and reminds me in places of Blockbusters. Just need find the perfect spot for it!
I also made it up to the Midlands for Festival of Quilts more on that soon!
Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend :)
Posted by quirkyhannah on August 15, 2015
Morning! Just give me a minute to dust away the cobwebs it’s been a while since I’ve been around here for various reasons…. but I’m back :) And ready to commit some goals to the third round of the Finish A Long (I can’t believe we’re that far into the year!)
Last time I did finish some bits but forgot to link up again (duh). Since coming back from our mini break to Wiltshire to my nice newly organised sewing space (more details on those things later in the week) I’ve been doing a lot of sewing yay. So my goals…..
1. Handpieced Mini Swap from IG.
2. Summer Baskets Mini Quilt for me :) In some of my hoarded Denyse Schmidt fabrics
3-4. Lori Holt Mini Swap from IG and a Farm Girl Vintage Tablerunner
5. Bunting for my nephew’s First Birthday. Two lots as my sister wants Happy First Birthday Oliver. Figured if the Oliver was separate be easier to keep and up in his room! 6. I’ve cut some of this already but I really want to get his one pieced by the end of the summer!
7-9. Three child sized quilts… one sea themed, another Hazel the Hedgehog and the third… you’ve already seen some of it :) A starry Irish Chain.
I have a lot of other things I want to get done but not going to add them to the list for if they happen, they happen! Linking up with….
Now it’s back to the very wet and windy weather perfect for going back to work tomorrow after some time off right?? Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.
Posted by quirkyhannah on July 12, 2015
So you might have remembered a few months ago Kylie (alittlereddress) and myself decided to host an Outlander Craft themed swap as we both loved the books. And after I managed to get it on Amazon Prime this month binged on the eps available so far (only two more left) I think I need the dvd in my life…..
For me this was a bit challenging but here is what I’ve come up with……
A 60s inspired “Sophia Bag” pattern by Emma Brennan in Harris Tweed and with a beautiful blue plaid lining, scrappy tweed needle book, an embroidered Jamie Fraser quote :) and what took the most time a paper pieced thistle. This thing is tiny measuring approx 8.5″ x 6.5″ it had 26 separate sections and some of those sections had over 20 pieces. Phew I’m getting tired just thinking about it now!
As this mini thistle incorporated a few scraps and the tweed was scraps kindly given to me by the amazing Victoria I think they qualify to link up to Scraptastic Tuesday :)
Posted by quirkyhannah on May 17, 2015
I’m quite excited think today is my first link up to Le Challenge something is actually finished in time!
Wednesday I toddled up to St Austell to spend the day chatting and crafting with a friend there. We each had one small project to try- Liz came up with a felt bauble (as seen in the background) super easy and addictive! Will show more when I completed some more….
Helen lent me her Cotton Floss book which has so many projects I want to try including this pin cushion. A couple of hours of choosing felt, embroidering, stitching and stuffing we both ended up with a toadstool :)
Even though we both used the same pattern our toadstools came out different sizes!
Linking up with Le Challenge for this month’s theme of “wood” where you can most often find these :)
Posted by quirkyhannah on May 15, 2015
So.. finally I’m posting about what I made and received in the UK Mini Swap hosted by Nina of Bossyoz over on Instagram.
I was more than nervous when I discovered my partner was none other than Nina herself! The pressure was on to get it right ;) I knew I wanted to do something with a nautical theme as being from Cornwall how could I not for someone who loves sailboats??
In the end I came up with something inspired by curves…
It was quite out of my comfort zone! With trying to make it random and appealing… but now I am most definitely in love with curves :) In case you’re wondering.. each curve square is 3″ finished.
I actually forgot to take a photo of my extras so nabbing this from Nina’s IG feed. I think she liked it :)
After postie watching what feels like forever my mini finally turned up a few days ago….. with a lovely fabric basket, box of buttons, some oakshot and 2.5″ squares.
Happy Sunday all! I think I might actually get to sew today.. how is everyone’s bank holiday plans going?
Posted by quirkyhannah on May 3, 2015
Happy wednesday! I am definitely enjoying these lighter evenings- combined with the machine last week it has had a definite effect on my productivity levels.
This little beauty (sneaky peek) was finished late last night- dedication for you staying up way past my bedtime til gone midnight to finish the binding. It’s not completely me… but I’ll go into that and show it off in it’s entirety once my partner has received it :)
In the meantime though….. a new nephew Zachary arrived in the wee hours of sunday morning. Prompting this….
I had promised a pram quilt so frantic pulling of various fabrics then a little while later I had this…
Now the next question is can I get this finished in time to gift on Friday and I have this pesky thing called “work” in the way too! Hey ho so tonight I’m piecing those triangles and rows together ready to baste and quilt on the morrow!
Linking up with Lee over at…
Posted by quirkyhannah on April 22, 2015
So it’s a little late for this post but hey ho. Got an amazing addition to show you this week!
Technically it’s not “stash” but something to use it up! Isn’t she gorgeous?
A Brother Innovis 350 SE and look a computerised screen..
I’m not ashamed to admit it took me bout half an hour to work out how to wind the bobbin, load bobbin and top thread (with aid of manual). One day I might actually preset a setting to remember where the needle goes for that pesky quarter inch.
She has loads of features including a knee lift (untried yet) but as I have a backlog of sewing to catch up on due to previous machine tantrums… it might be my week off next month til I get a proper play at all it can do.
Not to worry I did stash some amazing fabrics too (Darlene Zimmerman Oh Betty in the top and in the bottom a range of Denyse Schmidt, Flurry and a host of other designers) but now I neeeeeeeeeed to behave and use up some of what I have! One sneaky order this week and that’s it… as I want to get a craft lamp and a table so I can use my cutting mat upstairs near the machine…
Now to go enjoy some more of this sunshine :) Hope everyone has a lovely week! Linking up with Molli Sparkles.
Posted by quirkyhannah on April 20, 2015